TERRAFORM, THE NEW WAY TO REFLECT FASHION

What’s terraform? What’s the relationship with fashion? One of famous fashion designer applied this concept into fashion, isn’t it interesting? Check this out!

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Iris van Herpen, a Dutch fashion designer inspired by ‘Total Recall’ movie that explained about terraforming on Mars made her fall collection this year. Terraforming means hypothetical process that modifies the biosphere (atmospheric, temperature, surface topography or ecology) of other planet to be similar to Earth, so it can be inhabited by human.

Through her collections, van Herpen actualized terraform concept, which are abstract and not understandable into reality. “The whole concept of terraforming started in science fiction, but it has become a reality,” said van Herpen after the show.

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“Hacking Infinity” was what Iris van Herpen called her show, is a fall ready to wear 2015 collections for woman. Her fashion show was held in Paris on March 10th 2015 at the Palais de Tokyo. This collection used a combination between stainless steel in the warp and silk in the weft, producing fine, fluid dress silk.

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The process to transformed stainless steel and silk into a beautiful fluid dress silk is interesting. Iris van Herpen said she created this collection only by fire and there is no painting at all. “We created a really thin metal reef from stainless steel, and we literally melt it with fire, burning it, and we decide the amount of heat. This is all hand burnt, so each color that you see is done by fire.”

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Iris van Herpen and team used 3D Systems concept for this “Hacking Infinity” collections. This collection is a combination between traditional handwork techniques with modern day digital technology, such as 3D printing and laser cutting. She collaborated with the Canadian professor of architecture Phillip Beesley to actualize this 3D collection and Aleksandra Gaca for fabrics and materials. For the shoes, she also collaborated with Japanese shoe designer, Noritaka Tatehana to create 3D-printed translucent crystal clusters and laser-cut leather.

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Iris van Herpen succeeds to actualize what is called Science fashion. She used stainless steel, one of the metal products as material for her collection and then combined it with silk and 3D printing method to actualize her brilliant idea of terraforming concept. She sees technology from a very different perspective and used it as a creative tool.

So, you’ve known that stainless steel can be part of fashion too, right?

Same as previous articles before, steel can be used for lots of products in different kind of fields, like steel string in music, thermal cooker for innovation, and for a beautiful dress like in this article. Shanghai Metal Corporation which is based in China is one of the leading businesses in the manufacturing of metalworking industry. We can produce and export the best quality of steel and other metal products and service. We prioritize the efficient of manufacturing and environmental sustainability.

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Source: Vogue, Irisvanherpen, Style, Businessoffashion, 3dprint

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THERMAL COOKING INNOVATION, YOUR PICNIC SOLUTION!

Do you like picnic? Enjoy outdoor activities with family while eating your warm home-cooked? Thermal cooking innovation is the solution!

Thermal cooking or heat retention innovation came from the idea of “cooking without fire”. It arose from Haybox concept, which utilizes the heat of the food being cooked to complete the cooking process. Food items to be cooked are heated to boiling point, and then insulated. Over a period of time, the food items cook by the heat captures in the insulated container.

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The first thermal cooker was found by The Monmouth Archaeological Society’s and the innovative thermal cooker was developed in Asia in the mid 1990s. This Asian thermal cooker innovation was made by stainless steel with two pots, inner and outer pots. The inner pot was used to bring the food to boil, while the outer was used as the container to keep the cooking process continuing.

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Wonderbag and Haybox are the other variants of thermal cooking or heat retention innovation. Wonderbag is an insulated bag to put around pots you already own and Haybox, which is the main concept of thermal cooking uses hay or sawdust to provide the insulation around the pot.

Cook without fire! Isn’t it brilliant idea?

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If you are a picnic’s fan but you are getting bored with common picnic menus like sandwich or salad, you can try your best home-cooked food recipe and bring it with thermal pot to keep your food warm, or even you can cook it with the thermal cooker! You can enjoy the freshly cooked meal!

Beside you can enjoy your freshly cooked meal, cooking with thermal cooker is environmental friendly? Why? It minimizes energy uses, saves water, and also saves food because no burning! The thermal cooking food also taste better because it keeps the flavor and you can get more tender meat.

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Step by step cooking with thermal cooker (Dreampot):

  1. Put the ingredients into the inner pot of thermal cooker. Place saucepan on any heat source to start the cooking process. Heat for a short time with lid on, stir.
  2. Over a period of time, transfer the inner pot into the thermal cooker and close the lid.
  3. After the minimum required cooking, open the lid, and it’s done! Easy, right?thermal cooking recipe

There are a lot of different types of food you can make with thermal cooker. Soups, curries, rice, pasta, even bread, cakes, and desserts you can make it with thermal cooker! How could we make bread and cake without oven? Isn’t it incredible? Check http://www.thethermalcook.com/ to get the incredible recipes of thermal cook food!

Thermal cooking is one of the innovative inventions. The thermal cooker and thermal pot made by stainless steel. Shanghai Metal Corporation as one of the representatives of the metal industry can provide you the best quality of stainless steel!

As a representative of the metal industry, Shanghai Metal Corporation is one of the leading businesses in the manufacturing of metal products in the global field. We can produce aluminum, stainless steel, copper, shipping containers and other metal products and service. We prioritize the efficient of manufacturing and environmental sustainability.

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Source : Wikipedia, Dreampot, Saratogajacks, Thethermalcook

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STAINLESS STEEL IS A NEW FASHION

Who say only women can wear jewelry? Stainless steel jewelry is the answers of it! Stainless steel jewelry is suitable for women and men. It is attractive, yet masculine.

Stainless steel in French “inoxydable” is an iron alloy with a minimum of 10.5% Chromium. It is best known as the material used to make objects that requires strength and safety like aircraft, automotive bodies, building support, or dentistry instruments. This metal product was discovered in 1913 by Harry Brearley, a Sheffield metallurgist when he was doing the experiment with different types of steel for weapons. He noticed that a 13% Chromium steel had not corroded after several months.

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Traditional metal such as gold, silver, and platinum are probably being the first choice for people when they buy metal jewelry, but actually stainless steel has lots of benefits when it used as jewelry. Why?

First, it is versatile. Stainless steel jewelry is versatile. People wear jewelry to make them look more attractive or they buy it because they like to appreciate the beauty of the jewelry itself. Regardless of what the reasons are stainless steel jewelry can help you to fulfill those needs.

Second, it is a good material. Unlike gold and silver, stainless steel jewelry doesn’t need to be handled very carefully, because it is durable! You don’t need to polish very often because it is resistant to corrode.

Third, it is hypoalleregenic. If you are someone who has sensitive skin, stainless steel jewelry is the best choice for you. Traditional metal jewelries like gold, silver, and platinum can elicit allergic reactions because of the impurities in the metal itself, but stainless steel is different. It is hypoalleregenic and much less likely to provoke allergic reactions.

Last but not least, it is cheaper! Of course it is cheaper than gold, silver, or even platinum! Stainless steel jewelry is a big return on investment.

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Stainless steel jewelry has become more increasingly popular in recent years, especially for men’s accessories, like watches, eye wear and bracelets. This looks masculine due to its use in industrial fields. The most popular choice of stainless steel jewelry is men’s wedding bands. It looks tough and rugged. Although stainless steel jewelry identical with masculinity, but woman still can wear. There is a lot of women’s stainless steel jewelry, like ring, necklace, and earring and it looks as beautiful as other traditional jewelries.

What else can give you the beauty and masculinity of jewelry with good quality and best price, except stainless steel jewelry? So you still doubt to buy stainless steel jewelry?

Shanghai Metal Corporation can actualize the beauty and masculinity of stainless steel jewelry!

As a representative of the metal industry, Shanghai Metal Corporation is one of the leading businesses in the manufacturing of metal products in the global field. We can produce aluminum, stainless steel, copper, shipping containers and other metal products and service. We prioritize the efficient of manufacturing and environmental sustainability.

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HARD ART: MASTERPIECES MADE OF STAINLESS STEEL

Art is a universal form of way to express your feelings and your thoughts. One of the million ways to manifest it is this:

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Dramatic Stainless Steel Wire Fairies by Robin Wight

Robin Wight made this masterpiece from STAINLESS STEEL. The thing is how could such delicate subjects like a young woman or a dandelion can be exposed by an element that usually represents the opposite of them.

Stainless Steel symbolize generally our industrial society with it’s labor class, alienation, coal, hardworking and sweaty men. You know…

BUT artist Robin Wight is one that surpasses this image. Stainless Steel doesn’t represent any of those symbols but these more feminine and natural forms. His technique and his imagination provides a sort of paradoxe that we live everyday and that’s why it is a masterpiece.

Check out his other works:

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China, Second Biggest Producer of Copper In The World (List of Top 10 producers)

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copper tubes    source: bloomberg.com

Most copper is mined/extracted as copper sulfides from large open pit mines in porphyry copper deposits that contain between 0.4 to 1.0% of copper. This is the case in some mines in Chile and the United states .

According to the British Geological Survey The amount of copper in use is increasing and the quantity available is barely sufficient to allow all countries to reach developed world levels of usage.
It was reported by the US Geological Survey (USGS),  the global production of metal increased by 400 million tons between 2013 and 2014 reaching 18.700 million tons, although the demand for copper decreased compared to the previous year.

1. Chile (Mine Production: 5.800 million tons)

Chile’s copper production has been increasing for the last decade although technical and regulatory issues could slow down the trend. between 2013 and 2014 the production increased from 5.780 to 5,800 tons.

2. China (Mine production : 1.620 million tons)

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china’s copper mine production 2006-2014 Source: statista.com

China is the largest refined copper producer, but it lacks copper mineral deposits. It has to import unprocessed copper ores and copper scrap.
China increased its copper production in 2014, putting out 1,620 million tons of the metal compared to 1,600 million tons in 2013. Reuters reports that notes that the country’s production increased during the second half of the year, due to the re-lauching of a 100,000-tonne-a-year smelter Liaoning province (North east of China) after 5 years of inactivity.

3. Peru (Mine production: 1,300,000 tons)

between 2012 and 2013 peru’s prodcution didn’t change much. In 2013 the country produced 1.300.000 tons.  But it is expected that the mine production could rise by as much as 10 percent in 2014, and Peru’s energy and mines minister, Jorge Merino, has projected a 17-percent increase in copper production alone thanks to several new projects and also the the expected increase of foreign investments in the mining industry.

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Copper factory – Source: cnbc.com

4. United States (Mine production: 1,220,000 tons) 

5. Australia (Mine production: 990,000 tons)

6. Russia (Mine production: 930,000 tons)

7. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (Mine production: 900,000 tons )

8. Zambia (Mine production: 830,000 tons)

9. Canada (Mine production: 630,000 tons)

10. Mexico (Mine production: 480,000 tons)

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Milan’s “Made in Steel”

There is a very interesting event going on in Milan these days. In parallel to the 2015 International Exposition, Milan is hosting the Made in Steel exhibition. If you are involved in the steel business it is a great opportunity to promote your products and learn on the latest news about steel and its industry.

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According to the website of the fair, Made in Steel is both an industry and international event organized for the first time in 2005. It is a series of conferences and exhibitions all about steel. Here is how the official website of the event describes the fair’s aim and mise en scène.

A combination that expresses the two souls that co-exist within this event, which consists of a perfect balance between business and information, relationships and knowledge. (from madeinsteel.it)

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If you are in Milan or close by and you do not want to miss the chance to find out more about steel, its industry and market, you still have today and tomorrow  to attend Made in Steel. Don’t miss the opportunity!

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This is the location of the fair.

Remember! Shanghai Metal Corporation provides you with a great selection of steel products. For instance, we offer good quality Coils & Strips, Sheets & Plates, Pipes & Tubes, Bars, at a competitive price. Visit our website and do not hesitate to contact us.

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Metal Step by Step

If you follow this blog, you certainly know that here at Shanghai Metal Corporation we are big fans of the combination between metal and interior design. This is the reason why we often write about metal furniture and metal features employed in architecture projects. We wrote about tables, chairs, wardrobes and so on. But today we take more than a step further. We take a stair further. A metal stair, of course! Metal is more and more employed in the construction of design stairs as the below gallery will show you. Take a look!

Francesco Librizzi Studio has designed a basic and modern metal structure staircase that fits perfectly in a 1900 apartment in Milan. The staircase is made from 14mm-wide lengths of iron, which create ladder-like treads inside a rectilinear tower. (from dezeen.com)

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 Slim by Fontanot is a spiral staircase made of stainless steel. It is minimal, elegant and easily fits any kind of interior design style.

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The modern staircase below is part of a project designed by Lawrence Architecture in Seattle. The structure is made of metal and every step isembedded in the wall, giving an idea of suspension

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According to the official website, Etika by Officine Sandrini is “not a simple staircase, not a simple piece of furniture, but a sculpture, a piece of art.” (from officinesandrini.co.uk) This helical stair is made of iron and the inspiration behind it comes from “an audacious combination of new and ancient knowledge.”  (from officinesandrini.co.uk)

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Renzo Piano’s Whitney Museum

Today Shanghai Metal Corporation brings you to the Big Apple where Italian architect Renzo Piano has recently announced the completion of the project that will host the new Whitney Museum of American Art. The building is “an asymmetric steel and concrete assembly in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District” (dezeen.com). As reported by the Telegraph: in the latest years, the area has undergone considerable transformation: it “has been cleaned up, if not wholly sanitized.” (telegraph.co.uk). The new building designed by Piano ,in collaboration with New York practice Copper Robertson, fits perfectly this renewal plan. Indeed, the district, “formerly a deserted industrial area, is now the place of fashion and art, of technological start-ups and of the trendiest meeting places.” (living.corriere.it)

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Talking about the structure of the museum located along the Hudson River, the Whitney features indoor and outdoor galleries – 50,000+ square feet of indoor galleries + 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space on a series of rooftops (from nycedc.com). Moreover, “most impressive is the fifth floor’s showstopping 18,000-square-foot space, the largest column-free museum gallery in New York City”(from architecturaldigest.com). Finally, from the glass-doors and the numerous terraces, visitors can enjoy an amazing view of New York and the river.

As Piano said “a successful building always tells a story. You have to be able to produce rich narrative. An architect needs a good story to start with…and a good pen to write it” (form living.corriere.it) And at Shanghai Metal Corporation we really like this story!

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The Tree of Life – Milan 2015 Expo Steel Symbol

We have already discussed about the upcoming 2015 Expo taking place in Milan, Italy, in less than two months. As you know is a very important event, not just for the European peninsula, but also for all the participant countries willing to promote their products. This year’s theme is “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life”. It will be very difficult for Italy to beat the success of the Chinese 2010 Expo edition, although the theme seems very interesting. If you visited Shanghai during the Universal Exposition or after 2010, you have probably visited the Chinese pavilion. Indeed, this great piece of architectural art has been the main symbol of the Shanghainese exhibition and it has rapidly became one of the main tourist attractions of the city.

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The Chinese pavillion is a 63 meters high structure inspired by the most important element of the building tradition of China: the dougong system dating back over 2000 years. It consists of wooden beams embedded in overlapping layers on a base of columns. (from IlGiornaledell’Architettura)

But what about Milan? What will be the symbol of the next Expo made in Italy? The Tree of Life. It came to light in early March, erected in the center of the Expo Lake Arena. According to L’Eco di Bergamo,  the project of  the tree was inspired both by the mosaic of the Otranto Cathedral and the floor of Piazza del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo, of which is a 3D version. Its creator, Marco Balich, explained that the tree is a symbol common to “all cultures, from the Bible to Avatar”.

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from http://www.madeinuvet.com

The tree has a steel structure made of 150 tons of metal, around which a wooden part was built (90 tons of wood), which will then be adorned with several plants and lights. This 35 meters high installation of steel and wood (and 45 meters of diameter) will be the highest structure of the 2015 Expo. Moreover, the tree will host one show per hour admired by 3000 people each time sitting on the arena built around the Expo lake.

In sum, the symbol of the upcoming Milan Expo 2015 is made of steel. A futuristic steel tree!

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from http://www.balichws.com

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The Stainless Steel Soap !

Our soaps are obtained by treating vegetable or animal oils and fats, mixed with alkaline solution. There exist another type of soap that has different characteristics from others : the stainless steel soap.


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This soap is simply a piece of stainless steel and has the surprising ability to neutralize or reduce strong odors from hands, such as from handling garlic, onion, durian or fish. It’s really simple, you just need to rub your hands with it. But how can that be ?


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Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of satisfying scientific data that explains the ability of stainless steel to reduce odor. Anne Marie Helmenstine, a chemistry expert tested it herself and wrote a possible explanation about it in this website. The stainless steel soap helps diminishing the scent but only if it’s from onions, garlic or fish. This can probably be explained by the ability of stainless steel to attract and bind the sulfur from onion, garlic or fish. These compounds are responsible for burning  your eyes while cutting onions and also for their characteristic scent. If the sulfur compounds bind to the steel, then the odor is removed from your finger.

Are you interested to try this soap ? For that we can supply you with the best material of stainless steel ! As an industry-recognized specialists, Shanghai Metal Corporation manufacture and supply various sizes of stainless steel, according to your requirement. Please contact us if you need further information, our English speaking staff will be more than glad to help you. Follow us on social media to discover more products.

    

Sources :chemistry.about.comwikipedia

Featured image : 21gents

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